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Polaris Riders: Meet Riders Like You

Breaking Boundaries

Joe Martinez, Wyoming

On April 19, 1995, Joe “Lefty” Martinez woke to find that three days prior, his life had changed forever. Unsure and unclear of where he was and how he got there, he made a conscious effort to find the positive in every negative experience and started Breaking Boundaries life threw at him. He is now a snowmobile guide at Togwotee Mountain Lodge and serves as an inspiration to others.

Return of the XCR

Matt Prusak, Minnesota

Matt began snowmobiling at a young age in Duluth, Minnesota. After seeing his first snocross competition, he thought racing on tracks with big jumps seemed more fun than riding on trails and began racing snocross and hillclimb. Matt is now an engineer at Polaris and hopes to share his passion for snowmobiling with his young son. He also buys and rebuilds old XCRs.

Out West

Chris Dunker, Minnesota

When it's March in Minnesota and most people go on tropical vacations, Chris Dunker and his friends prefer something a little different: they head west.  The amazing views, experiences, and memories keep them coming back to mountain riding year after year.

Life On The Snow: Reindeer Herder

Jonas Stenberg, Sweden

For centuries, herders have moved reindeer from the summer lands to winter lands. Learn how Jonas Stenberg continues to keep herding alive for the future through the two things he relies on most: his dog and his snowmobile. 

Life On The Snow: Power Lines

Tommy Hedman, Sweden

Tommy grew up riding and racing snowmobiles in the mountains, valleys, and forests of northern Sweden. Now, he still enjoys the freedom of riding outdoors by using snowmobiles to get the job done.

Life On The Snow: Family

Tomas Andersson & Monica Holstein, Sweden

For Tomas and Monica, snowmobiling is about fresh air, good food, and nice company. See how they remain close with family and friends by sharing memories while riding together. 

2018 AMBASSADORS

Passion. Dedication. Leadership. This is what our ambassadors stand for. They're every day riders, just like you, working to make a difference in the sport we all know and love.

POLARIS® SNOWMOBILE AMBASSADORS

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Travis Alley

California

With 24 years of riding on his resume, Travis Alley has ridden everything from his hometown trails in upstate New York to the endless powder near his current home in Lake Tahoe. He has become a professional photographer of extreme riding action, and is the snowmobile ambassador for a Lake Tahoe-area resort, managing its rental fleet and guiding riders into the mountains. “I have a passion for exploring, and nothing is better than riding new untracked zones, seeing the blue sky and beautiful white snow while crushing pow turns, dropping cornices, and climbing tight lines.”
Patrick Bilodeau

Patrick Bilodeau

Quebec

The ideal ride guide for exploration of Quebec’s scenic Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region is avid backcountry rider Patrick Bilodeau. He manages his local dealer’s snowmobile rental fleet, taking visitors into the region’s winter wonderland and helping to fuel the growth of snowmobile tourism in the area. Those visitors find Patrick’s passion for snowmobiling contagious because, he said, the sport “lets me discover wonderful territories.”
Johnny Caputo

Johnny Caputo

New York

Former professional cross-country racer Johnny Caputo is now a professional modified sled builder – and a die-hard deep snow rider who spends much of the winter in Colorado. He keeps Polaris® snowmobiles in Colorado and at his home in the Northeast, and logs thousands of miles every winter. He loves the camaraderie the sport promotes as friend share great days on the snow, and says that these days, “I spend the majority of my time searching for endless powder.”
William Chitty

William Chitty

British Columbia

Ensuring he was destined to be a lifelong avid snowmobiler, William Chitty’s mother went into labor before his birth during a bumpy snowmobile ride. Sure enough, he was riding as a lad, owned his first sled at age 7, and today he works winters as a deep snow trail guide and certified avalanche safety instructor. William is extremely active in British Columbia snowmobiling, teaching avalanche safety skills, leading riders into the province’s scenic powder country, and sharing his passion for riding with everyone he meets.
Stephen Darcy

Stephen Darcy

Idaho

Stephen Darcy, who grew up in New Hampshire commuting to school by snowmobile, has moved west and evolved into such a skilled backcountry rider that he has been featured in numerous extreme riding films and ads. “For me, riding the backcountry brings out a certain magic in your imagination and a sense of freedom that you can't find anywhere else.” Now a father with a career, he loves sharing the riding experience, saying, “I think the most exciting thing about riding is getting to share your experiences with others, whether it’s my two little boys, co-workers, best friends from back home, or random people you meet in the parking lot. Every day out on the snow is an adventure!”
Heather Darois

Heather Darois

New Hampshire

Heather Darois started snowmobiling in 2010 after she and her husband bought a cabin in the Maine woods, and she now knows “the trail riding in Maine is amazing!” She is extremely active with her local club, the Solon Snow Hawks, helping with trail maintenance projects and also serving as the group’s website and social media administrator. An advocate for women riders, she is organizing an all-women’s ride for fun and because “I want to instill a confidence in women riders and would love to see more women get into the sport.”
Trish Drinkle

Trish Drinkle

British Columbia

Not only is Trish Drinkle an avid deep snow rider, she is also: president of the Creston [B.C.] Snowmobile Club, a director of the B.C. provincial federation, board member for Sledcom with Avalanche Canada, an author of snowmobile articles, mentor to women riders, and wife and mother of four. Whew!
“Being active in organized snowmobiling, I enjoy growing the sport and being a voice for stewardship and safety,” she said. She inspires others with her passion for snowmobiling, which she loves because of “the freedom, the personal challenges, and the tight, family-like relationships developed with a trusted crew.”
Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer

Utah

Always challenging himself as a deep snow rider, Geoff Dyer says, “I like to push the boundaries of what sleds can do and go places most people do not dare to ride.” Yet he’s also extremely safety conscious, working with Utah clubs and state organizations to promote avalanche awareness and teach avalanche safety and rescue classes. That’s because you take care of your family, and as Geoff says, “Family is everything to me and I see my sled-riding group as my family.”
Devon Griffith

Devon Griffith

Washington

The moment that then-5-year-old Devon Griffith first rode his grandpa’s 1998 Polaris® INDY® 500, “a passion was lit, and I grabbed throttle and never looked back.” Now an experienced mountain and backcountry rider, Devon says, “Nothing else can compare to this sport. Being immersed in the terrain we ride in is something so few people will ever experience in their lifetime.” He is very active in his local Lake Chelan [WA] Snowmobile Club, and is a leader of the area’s Search and Rescue team, ensuring the crew and their specialized equipment are prepared when needed.
Steve Hamilton

Steve Hamilton

Michigan

As a youngster in Wisconsin, Steve Hamilton joined his parents at virtually every meeting of the local snowmobile club, and he loved the community, camaraderie, and riding fun those volunteers shared. He’s a passionate crossover rider – “Nothing compares to 150 horsepower and a 155” track sending you up the deepest and steepest hill Michigan can offer” – and at age 30, he remains a dedicated snowmobiling volunteer. In 2015, he moved to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, became president of the local snowmobile and ORV club, and helped the club return to fiscal stability and resume grooming the area’s outstanding trails.
Kyle Nicoll

Kyle Nicoll

Alaska

Inspired to ride by his sled-racing father, grandfather, and uncle, Kyle Nicoll found his passion was breaking trail and exploring Alaska’s backcountry on his Polaris® sleds. He also set his own course in business, launching a company that builds custom backcountry sleds so fellow riders can go their way in their style. He’s also giving back to the sport he loves, volunteering countless hours as an officer of his local snowmobile club, which he will lead as President next year.
Jesse O'Rourke

Jesse O'Rourke

California

Along with being a snowmobiler for as long as he can recall, Jesse O’Rourke is an avid all-season outdoors enthusiast, a steward for the environment, and active in groups dedicated to preserving land and trail access. He is active in multiple northern California clubs, loves riding in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, and is a Team Rider featured in Boondockers extreme riding films. “My passion in the winter is riding snowmobiles with good friends and family and continuing to explore the great outdoors while having fun in a safe and professional manner.”
Kenneth Passaretti

Kenneth Passaretti

New York

For Ken Passaretti, the entire process of planning a group riding trip is awesome, but he notes, “Obviously, the day spent in the mountains with your favorite people sharing the love of riding, having laughs and making memories, is the best part.” The teacher and Marine veteran is deeply involved with his upstate New York snowmobile club, providing leadership as a club officer and pitching in with trail construction and maintenance. He eagerly shares his passion for riding, saying, “I love snowmobiles more than anything and I would like to see other people share the same love and positive experience I have had with snowmobiling.”
Darin Pfost

Darin Pfost

Idaho

Even after almost 40 years of riding, Darin Pfost still loves riding near McCall, Idaho, because “it’s a great way to get out and see some awesome backcountry that we do not normally get to see.” Riding gives him the chance to create great shared memories with his family and friends. He views being an Ambassador as “the opportunity to share the sport of snowmobiling with others and get more of the younger generation involved.”
Jon Potratz

Jon Potratz

Wyoming

Jon Potratz started snowmobiling as a youngster in tiny Pierce, Idaho, where the 4-8 feet of snow in town were a mere appetizer for the countless nearby acres of powder-covered backcountry. The first year he owned his own sled, he logged more than 5,000 miles, most of it breaking trail deep in the woods and mountains. Now he promotes snowmobiling and teaches and inspires riders, “helping them dial in their skills to be able to pull off a line they never thought possible.”
Jarrod Raper

Jarrod Raper

Colorado

Jarrod Raper said his parents first “threw me on a sled” when he was around 6, and he was immediately hooked on snowmobiling. He started purchasing his own snowmobiles at age 12, and has owned five sleds in the six years since then. He’s known around Steamboat Springs for leading backcountry rides, and he thrives on “the connection you make with other people, taking them out riding and experiencing true backcountry riding.”
Ross Robinson

Ross Robinson

Oregon

Growing up in Central Oregon at the base of the Cascade Mountains, Ross Robinson’s backyard was literally the backcountry, a place where he loves to ride. He considers legendary Polaris® backcountry rider Chris Burandt as a mentor, and has followed in Chris’s tracks by becoming an elite backcountry rider, a professional guide, and a featured rider in numerous extreme riding films and photo shoots. As he deepens his involvement in snowmobiling, Ross is committed “to influence current riders and bring new riders into a sport I love so much!”
Scott Russeau

Scott Russeau

Michigan

Introduced to snowmobiles at an early age by his parents, Scott Russeau credits sleds with having “helped me to stay on a good path, have goals and achieve them, and it has taught me how to be a better mechanic, a better athlete, and most importantly, a better person.” A longtime Polaris® loyalist who restores vintage Polaris® race sleds, Scott was a professional snocross racer, and today he and his family enjoy recreational riding right from their Cadillac, Michigan, home. He is also a certified snowmobile safety instructor who teaches classes and makes presentations at Michigan schools to inspire young riders to enjoy his favorite sport passionately – and safely.
Scott Stiegler

Scott Stiegler

Montana

A love of snowmobiling is in the Stiegler family DNA, as Scott caught the riding bug from his dad, and he passed it on to his son – now 14 and already on the second sled he has owned. Scott was a teacher and coach and is now a school district superintendent as well as deeply involved in multiple Montana clubs and the state snowmobile association. He still lives for “throttle therapy,” noting, “There is nothing better than powder carves, being at the top of the mountain on a clear day, and tree riding with my friends, including my son.”
Sarah Whipple

Sarah Whipple

Idaho

Sarah Whipple is an avid deep snow rider who says, “my favorite kind of riding is on technical hillsides littered with trees in deep powder,” both on her Polaris® sled and her Timbersled®. She and her husband promote Idaho snowmobiling through their RideMcCall.com website, and Sarah instructs and encourages women riders with her Facebook group: ThrottleChix.com. She leads several women-only rides each winter, and “will always be an advocate for women riders and help them develop a passion for sledding or take their riding to the next level!”

POLARIS® TIMBERSLED AMBASSADORS

Nils Arnold

Nils Arnold

Wyoming

Longtime avid snowmobiler Nils Arnold was so impressed by a Timbersled® demo ride in 2016 that “I bought a kit of my own the following week and have been hooked ever since.” He and his snowbiking friends ride in Wyoming and Idaho, and he is always inviting eager riders to join them. “What makes riding special to me is the ability to share a beautiful day, beautiful place, and amazing riding conditions with other people that share your passion for riding.”
Brock Bolin

Brock Bolin

Montana

An early adapter to snowbiking, Brock Bolin has been a Timbersled® rider since 2011, and he has developed both his riding skills and his snowbike business acumen. He leads the Timbersled® business for a Kalispell, Montana, dealership, selling products, organizing demo events, posting to social media, and helping to host snowbike races. Since becoming a Timbersled® rider, Brock said he has done “40-60 rides a year on a snowbike and I cannot get enough of the freedom of riding whatever terrain looks fun.”
Rush Corder

Rush Corder

Montana

Rush Corder has been a Timbersled® rider since the snowbike was being invented, and he is committed to providing riders with valuable information they can use when making purchase decisions. “I always want people to trust the information that I share as a valid and trustworthy source.” Online and in person, he actively serves the snowbike community as an expert rider and product evaluator whose views they can rely on.
Justin 'JT' Cox

Justin 'JT' Cox

Idaho

If Justin Cox isn’t busy selling Timbersled® units at the Utah dealership where he works, he is out riding the backcountry, racing, giving demo rides, or presenting rider clinics. “I am passionate about Timbersled® 24/7, and I cannot get enough of the thorough enjoyment my snowbike provides me.” Also an avid snowmobiler and dirt bike rider, Justin enjoys connecting with those who share his passion for riding, especially riders who want to learn more about the Timbersled® experience.
Jeremy Deming

Jeremy Deming

Idaho

Independent graphic artist Jeremy Deming has been involved with Timbersled® since its start, riding early prototypes and helping create graphics and advertising materials for the brand. For this longtime bicycle and motorcycle enthusiast, “the marriage of snow and bikes has been the most exciting thing to happen in my lifetime, and my passion for snowboarding and motorcycle riding makes it naturally my favorite new hobby!” Exploring backcountry with friends and family “is something that never gets old. It’s these special times that I cherish the most, and consider myself lucky to go anywhere that I want to go, and to places that most people will never see.”
Daniel Leonard

Daniel Leonard

Michigan

Avid Timbersled® rider Daniel Leonard helps host demo ride events, leads group rides into the backwoods of Northern Michigan, and is also educating state agency officials about this exciting new riding discipline. When he leads group rides, he assumes the joint responsibility of providing his friends with a great experience and also ensuring everyone gets home safely. “Being an owner since 2015, the Timbersled® has opened up so much terrain that you'd never think was possible to ride and exposed me to so many new areas in the woods where I've found you really can go wherever you DARE to go!”
Trevyn Newpher

Trevyn Newpher

Colorado

Long a devoted motorcyclist, Trevyn Newpher resumed snowmobiling a couple years ago, but last winter “I discovered the Timbersled® and how well-versed it is for varying conditions and for the type of riding I like to do most, technical tree riding.” He is now all-in on riding the Timbersled®, and is gaining a following among fellow riders who have seen his riding videos. “This is an emerging and incredible sport, and I often get calls from people looking to gain my perspective on the sport and bike setup options.”
Russ Weibye

Russ Weibye

Idaho

After three decades of snowmobiling, Russ Weibye was introduced to snowbiking and he immediately fell in love with the new riding experience. “I thoroughly enjoyed it and sold my snowmobile shortly after, partly because I find it to be a lot more of a challenge, and a lot easier on my body as well.” A member of the local snowmobile club in Smiths Ferry, Idaho, he is a devoted Timbersled® advocate who has persuaded several friends to become snowbikers so they can all share the fun.
Travis Whitlock

Travis Whitlock

Utah

A motorcycle rider and racer for most of his life, Travis Whitlock has won 14 National Hill Climb Championships and three World Championships. He’s also a longtime backcountry snowmobiler who now explores the winter landscapes of Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado on a Timbersled®. “Timbersledding is special to me because you can get the whole family involved, you meet up with friends and make memories, and any level of rider can have fun.”

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